Tonight on the Tube: People’s Choice Awards & Damages

by Jason the TVaholic on January 7, 2009

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Get Damages Episodes via Amazon Video On DemandTonight, ABC has a Barbara Walters Special, CBS has The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards, and The CW has the series premiere of 13: Fear Is Real.

Over on cable, FX has the second season premiere of Damages, History has a First Apocalypse special, MTV has the 21st season premiere of The Real World, Sci Fi has the return of new episodes of Ghost Hunters International, and TBS has the series premiere of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.

Was so happy to be actually using my own Internet connection to post yesterday, I forgot to mention that I was back online and things should be pretty much back to normal now.

Prime Picks

Scrubs (ABC): Repeats. Last night’s two episode that kicked off the show’s eighth season on its new network replay. Courteney Cox (Friends) begins her guest stint as Dr. Kelso’s replacement and really shakes things up. J.D. is dealing with a new set of interns.

The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards (CBS): Special. Favorites in movies, music and television are honored in accordance how the public was polled. Runs two hours.

Solid Selections

Bones (FOX): Repeat. “The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pool” episode from earlier this season replays, where a dismembered body is found in a purple pool and have to get some help from an incarcerated Zach to solve the case.

Bones (FOX): Repeat. “Aliens in a Spaceship” from season two replays, where a killer is leaving people buried alive and leaves them for dead if a ransom is not paid.

Law & Order (NBC): New. A child slavery ring is uncovered while investigating the murders of two divorce lawyers.

Cable Choices

Good Eats (Food Network): Repeats. Alton finds that The Dough Also Rises and decides to Popover Sometime. Both play again later.

Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network): Repeats. Bobby competes in a “Falafel” battle and then in a “Muffaletta” battle. Both play again later.

Damages (FX): Season Premiere. This great show returns for its second season. I’ve seen the first three episodes and in my opinion it hasn’t dropped off in the least. The first episode ended in such a way that I was like I got to watch the next one and when I got to episode three, I was like bummed, cause now I have to wait until the 28th before there is an episode I haven’t seen. Also, the cast is amazing with Timothy Olyphant, Marcia Gay Harden, and William Hurt being added to the already outstanding Glenn Close and Ted Danson. Runs 70 minutes. Plays twice and again later. This is by far the best thing on tonight in the third hour timeslot and will continue to be so, even when everything is back with new episodes over the next couple of weeks. Lastly, I believe that you can get into this season’s mysteries and enjoy the season without having seen the first. While themes from the first season play into this season, they pretty much tell you enough about what happened to keep up with what is going on this season, but mostly the main mystery is completely new and has nothing to do with last season.

Other Options

  • Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS): Repeats. Six episodes replay. Four before the two episodes of Meet the Browns and two more after.
  • Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (TBS): Series Premiere. To honor his father’s dying wish, a man opens a retirement home and gets more than he could ever imagine.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has college basketball with Davidson at Duke followed by NBA action with the Miami Heat at the Denver Nuggets.
  • ESPN2 has doubleheader college basketball action with Louisville at South Florida followed by Gonzaga at Tennessee.

TV Marathons

A&E has 10 episodes of Parking Wars that play twice.
Bravo has 13 episodes of Top Chef.
Oxygen has 14 episodes of Living Single.
Sci Fi has 11 episodes of Stargate Atlantis.
Spike has nine episodes of Unsolved Mysteries.

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